Roster Round-Up: November 2019 International Window

A (belated) round-up of rosters for top national teams who will be playing (or have played) during the November international window, whether in friendlies or Women’s Euro qualifiers.

Roster covered in this article:

  • CONCACAF:  Canada
  • CONMEBOL:  Brazil
  • AFC: Australia, Japan
  • UEFA:  England, Germany, Netherlands, France, Spain, Norway

The rosters for the United States and Sweden are analyzed in separate articles:

For Costa Rica roster analysis, see Opponent Watch: Costa Rica’s Roster and Depth Chart for November 2019 Friendly

Notable teams not in action this month:

  • CONCACAF:  Mexico

This is the third-straight international window where Mexico’s senior WNT has not played any international matches.  Mexico last played in the Pan-American Games back in early August and had a camp in October (no roster announced, FMF write-up about a preparatory match against their U-20 WNT). (edited on 13-Nov-2019, to correct and clarify)

For last month’s roster round-up, see: Roster Round-Up: October 2019 International Window.


Some associations provide more useful write-ups about their rosters, such as noting injuries and new call-ups, while others just provide simple lists.  Regarding the latter, Brazil and Spain are two teams that require more search-work to dig up information, so those roster capsules are more likely to be incomplete.


NOTABLE MATCHES

Friendlies:

  • Canada (#7) vs. Brazil (#11)
    • Thursday, November 7th at 3:00 a.m. ET
    • Spoiler alert: Brazil won 4-nil
  • United States (#1) vs. Sweden (#5-T)
    • Thursday, November 7th at 7:30 p.m. ET
    • Spoiler alert:  The USA won 3:2, though things got dicey in the 2nd half
  • England (#5-T) vs. Germany (#2)
    • Saturday, November 9th at 12:30 p.m. ET
    • Dateline:  A sold-out Wembley Stadium
    • Spoiler alert:  Germany won 2:1 in dramatic fashion
  • United States (#1) vs. Costa Rica (#38)
    • Sunday, November 10th at 8:00 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
    • Both teams recently learned that they will be group opponents in Olympic qualifying

Qualifying for the 2021 UEFA Women’s Euro is relatively quiet this window, with just a couple of interesting match-ups.

UEFA Women’s Euro Qualifying

  • Portugal (#31) vs. Finland (#30)
    • Tuesday, November 12th at 1:30 p.m. ET
    • Toss-up Pot 3 vs. Pot 2 match (Group E)
  • Northern Ireland (#56) vs. Wales (#33)
    • Tuesday, November 12th at 2:45 p.m. ET
    • Northern Ireland earned a dramatic 2:2 away draw in their previous Group C match-up.

CANADA

Link:  Canada Soccer announces squad for Women’s National Team tournament in China

Notables:

  • Returning Players:  Maegan Kelly
  • First Call-Up:  Olivia Smith

At 15 years and 94 days, Olivia Smith (Canada Soccer profile) became the youngest player ever to debut in Canada’s WNT when she appeared as an 86th minute substitute in the Brazil match.  Born in 2004, Smith is eligible for next year’s U-17 WWC, as well as the next three U-20 WWCs (2020, 2022, 2024). The previous record was held by Kara Lang (15 years, 130 days; debuted on 1 March 2002).  Jessie Fleming and Jordyn Huitema also debuted for Canada before turning sixteen. (cbc.ca).  Two highlight videos of Smith are embedded below:

American-born Maegan Kelly (Wikipedia, Canada Soccer profile) returns for her first call-up since debuting in 2017 for Canada.

Florida State junior Gabby Carle (FSU profile, Canada Soccer profile) is attending this camp, while Jessie Fleming, who is a senior at UCLA, is not (UCLA profile, Canada Soccer profile).  On Friday, November 8th, she started UCLA’s match against crosstown rival USC.

Match Report(s): Canada WNT fall to Brazil in opening match of China Four Nations Tournament


JAPAN

Links:  Roster (jfa.jp/eng), accompanying write-up (jfa.jp/eng)

Japan will host South Africa, who failed to qualify for next year Olympics, for a public friendly and a closed-door scrimmage.

Notables:

  • Returning:  Naomoto Hikaru, Masuya Rika
  • First Call-Up: Asano Natsumi (goalkeeper)
  • Late Scratches: Tanaka Mina (3-Nov-2019, injury), Miyazawa Hinata (7-Nov-2019, injury), Kurishima Akari (8-Nov-2019)
  • Late Addition: Miyazawa for Tanaka (3-Nov-2019)
  • Not Called In: Takahashi Hani

The replacement for Tanaka Mina, Miyazawa Hinata, herself had to withdraw from camp due to injury.

Takahashi Hani, who received her first senior call-up in October, was not included on this window’s roster.

Quotables:

With Naomoto making her return to the squad since this April’s Europe tour, and Masuya being selected for the first time in nearly a year, coach Takakura gave her reasonings, “While the team has restarted towards the Tokyo Olympics, Naomoto has been constantly playing at her club in Germany, while Masuya has shown great form at INAC Kobe. I want to see how they can integrate with the members who fought through the World Cup.” Regarding the 22 year old Asano’s first selection into the Nadeshiko Japan, the coach commented, “She still has lots of work to do, but she is good with her feet. In order to build up our plays from the goalkeeper position, her foot skills are very attractive.”


England

Links: 

Notables:

Dual-National Alana Cook, who was on the camp roster for England in October was called into the USWNT camp by new head coach Vlatko Andonovski for this international window. (USWNT roster write-up)

Besides the home friendly versus Germany, England will travel to the Czech Republic for a Tuesday friendly (November 12th at 2:15 p.m. ET / 19:15 GMT).


Brazil

Links:  Roster Annoucement (CBF – in Portuguese), Press Conference Summary (CBF – in Portuguese)

Notables:


Germany

Links:  Roster announcement (DFB, in German), detailed roster (DFB)*
*This page always shows the most recent roster, so will only be accurate until the next international window. (alternative link to Wayback Machine archive version)

Notables:

  • Returning: Anna Gasper (late scratch in October), Sara Doorsoun, Marina Hegering (all injury-related)
  • Uncapped (prior to England friendly): Anna Gasper, Sophia Kleinherne
  • Not Called In:  Carolin Simon (healthy)

Sophia Kleinherne earned her first senior international cap and first start against England.  Also, her first yellow card. (dfb.de)

Carolin Simon was listed as unavailable due to injury for the October window.  Since then, Simon has played every weekend for her club team, Bayern Munich (dfb.de statistical profile).


Netherlands

Link:  Roster announcement (onsoranje.nl – in Dutch)

Notables:

  • Returning:  Jackie Groenen (upper leg injury), Shanice van de Sanden (ankle injury), and Kiki Van Es (knee surgery)
  • Not Available: Lieke Martens (toe injury), Stefanie van der Gragt (knee)

Striker Fenna Kalma, who had her first call-up in October, was not called back this month, presumably due to the return of Shanice van de Sanden.


France

Links: “Last Selection” Roster (FFF), (Wayback Machine archival link)

Notables:

  • Returning: Amandine Henry (Achilles tendon), Ève Périsset
  • Late Scratches: Amandine Henry, Kadidiatou Diani, Solène Durand (all announced on 4-Nov-2019)
  • Another Late Scratch: Eugénie Le Sommer (thigh, 7-Nov-2019)
  • Uncapped: Perle Morroni
  • Not Included:  Maéva Clemaron

Spain

Links:  Announced roster (RFEF, in Spanish)

Notables:

  • Not Available:  Vicky Losada (injury)

During Spain’s camp, they played  60-minute A-Team vs. B-Team scrimmage.  Highlights:


Norway

Link:  roster announcement (in Norwegian)

Notables:

  • Returning: Stine Hovland
  • First Call-Ups:  Vilde Hasund (age 22), Elisabeth Terland (age 18)
  • Not Available: Kristine Minde (injury)
  • Late Scratches: Isabell Herlovsen, Maria Thorisdottir
  • Late Additions:  Cecilie Redisch Kvamme (3 senior caps, NFF profile), Therese Sessy Åsland (NFF profile)

Quotables:

On Vilde Hasund:

We think she has some qualities that are interesting to us. She is a distinct left-footed cornerback with good offensive qualities and will be a nice addition to our squad, says Sjögren.

On Elisabeth Terland:

Elisabeth is one of our greatest talents. She has been on the radar for quite some time. Now she has been injury free and performed well in the Toppserien and for the J19 national team. A very exciting player, which fits nicely in our way of playing. She is skilled with the ball in small rooms, dare to challenge and is good in one-on-one play.

–From the roster announcement (via Google Translate)